The People Disobeyed And Went to Egypt

The Lord takes us all to obedience school. Sometimes, he uses the Law to motivate. But He would much rather use the Gospel to get his people to obey. Both obedience philosophies get results. Basically we are talking about the difference between Law motivation and Gospel motivatio … More

Disobedience
Isn’t it strange after forty years or more of Jeremiah’s ministry of highest integrity, they dared to say, “You are telling a lie. God didn’t send you” (vv. 1-2). They justified it by blaming someone else. “Baruch did it” (v. 3). The flesh loves to transfer blame. So the people come down to Egypt despite the word of God (vv. 4-5). This people, who had been delivered from Egypt 900 years before the power of God, is now back in Egypt again, back in the land of bondage.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah down in Egypt, at Tahpanhes (vv. 6-8). The word of God is never bound. The word comes to Jeremiah and tells him again to do one of those strange things which are graphic illustrations of truth. He is to take large stones and hide them in the mortar of the pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, as a testimony to the fact that Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon would come down to Egypt and spread his royal canopy above these stones (vv. 9-10) . The thing they were trying to escape in Judah, they would find in Egypt. This people had a testimony that God would confirm his word to them. They would find in Egypt what they were fleeing from. Later the king will attack Egypt, kill many of its people, set its tempted on fire and either burn or carry off their idols (vv. 11-12). Then Nebuchadnezzar will pick the land clean, just like a shepherd picking the lice off his clothes and he will return safely home (v. 13).

Application

The people decided they were going to move to Egypt no mstter what God said. Lord help me to not be so determined to have my way that I go against God’s way for my life.

Jeremiah 43:1-13 (English Standard Version)

When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, "You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, 'Do not go to Egypt to live there,' but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon." So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah. But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven-- the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. And they arrived at Tahpanhes. Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes: "Take in your hands large stones and hide them in the mortar in the pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah, and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. He shall come and strike the land of Egypt, giving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword. I shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd cleans his cloak of vermin, and he shall go away from there in peace. He shall break the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.'"

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